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Road Transport in East Africa

The EAC has facilitated sector reforms which include the formation of Road Boards (or Road Funds), Road Agencies, dedicated participation of private sector, harmonisation of regional policies and axle loads control in the road sub-sector. All the Partner States have road fund boards and road agencies.

The EAC has identified ten main corridors with a total length of about 15,000 km, which constitute the East African Regional Road Network. These are roads of strategic importance in facilitating trade and require to be kept in excellent condition. In order to ensure a high level of serviceability, the EAC in collaboration with Partner States has put in place a collaboration platform with development partners in order to mobilize funds for the development of these corridors.

The Community has identified ten main corridors (a total length of about 14,460 km), which constitute a strategic priority and require rehabilitation and upgrading.

The Northern Corridor from Mombasa to Bujumbura is part of the Trans-African Highway (Mombasa - Lagos) while the Tunduma - Moyale road is part of the Cape to Cairo Highway.

There are two transit corridors that facilitate import and export activities in the region:

  • The Northern Corridor (1,700 km long) commencing from the port of Mombasa and serves Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DRC.
  • The Central Corridor (1,300 km long) begins at the port of Dar es Salaam and serves Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Eastern DRC.

The ten major road transport corridors are:

1. Northern Corridor Mombasa

Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret – Bungoma – Malaba – Bugiri – Jinja – Kampala – Masaka – Katuna/Gatuna – Kigali – Nemba/Gasenyi – Ngozi - Kayanza – Bugarama - Bujumbura

Corridor Length (rounded):  2,080km

2. Central Corridor

Dar es Salaam – Morogoro – Dodoma – Singida – Nzega – Tinde – Isaka - Lusahunga to:
(i) Gisenyi via Rusumo and Kigali
(ii) Bujumbura via Nyakasanza, Kobero and Gitega
(iii) Masaka via Bukoba and Mutukula

Corridor Length (rounded): 2,170km

3. Dar es Salaam (TAZARA) Corridor

Morogoro – Iringa – Mbeya -Tunduma

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,100km

4. Namanga Corridor

Iringa – Dodoma - Babati – Arusha – Namanga – Nairobi – Thika -Murang’a – Embu – Nyeri – Nanyuki – Isiolo – Marsabit - Moyale

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,800km

5. Sumbawanga Corridor

Tunduma – Sumbawanga –Mpanda – Uvinza – Kasulu – Manyovu/Mugina – Makamba -Nyanza Lac – Rumonge -Bujumbura

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,260km

6. Sirari Corridor

Biharamulo – Mwanza – Musoma - Sirari/Isebania – Kisii - Kisumu – Kakamega – Webuye - Kitale - Lodwar Lokichokio

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,500km

7. Coastal Corridor

Mingoyo - Dar es Salaam - Bagamoyo – Tanga – Horohoro/Lunga lunga – Kwale – Mombasa – Kilifi – Malindi - Lamu

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,500km

8. Mtwara Corridor

Mtwara – Mingoyo – Masasi –Tunduru – Songea - Mbamba Bay

Corridor Length (rounded): 800km

9. Tanga Corridor

Tanga – Arusha – Musoma – Lake Victoria - Kampala

Corridor Length (rounded): 1,650km

10. Gulu Corridor

Nimule – Bibia – Gulu – Lira – Soroti – Mbale - Tororo

Corridor Length (rounded): 600km

Total EAC Road Corridor Network Length 14,460km


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